Japanese and Brazilian leaders pledge to protect the Amazon rainforest

BRASILIA: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and discussed matters of mutual interest. Local media reported that they agreed to work together to protect the Amazon rainforest and intensify efforts to combat climate change.

During the meeting, the two leaders also signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement on decarbonization and other environmental issues. Kishida said Japan is willing to work with Brazil, this year chairman of the Group of 20 major economies (G20), to tackle global issues.

Brazil will host COP30, the UN climate change conference, next year. During the term of former far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, faced significant deforestation every year.

However, last year the Brazilian government reported a 22.3% reduction in illegal logging and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest between August 2022 and July 2023.